Here are the odds going into tonight's draft lottery:
Orlando Magic (20-62): 25%
Charlotte Hornets/Bobcats (21-61): 19.9%
Cleveland Cavaliers (24-58): 15.6%
Phoenix Suns (25-57): 11.9%
New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans (27-55): 8.8%
Sacramento Kings (26-54): 6.3%
Detroit Pistons (29-53): 4.3%
Washington Wizards (29-53): 2.8%
Minnesota Timberwolves (31-51): 1.7%
*Portland Trail Blazers (33-49): 1.1%
Philadelphia 76ers (33-48): 0.8%
**Toronto Raptors (33-48): 0.7%
Dallas Mavericks (41-41): 0.6%
Utah Jazz (43-39): 0.5%
* pick belongs to Charlotte if it is outside the top-12
** pick belongs to Oklahoma City if it is outside top-3
The fix may be in, but we won't find out who the beneficiary is until around 8:30 eastern tonight. All of teams on this list could use a breath of fresh air, but some need one more than others. Here's a look at some of the teams that could benefit the most tonight
-The Sacramento Kings have been in the lottery going on seven years in a row and have little to show for it. Demarcus Cousins and Tyreke Evans have talent, but the other lottery picks are gone or playing minor roles.
But recent events have given Kings fans hope that the future will be brighter. A years-long battle for the Kings
The Kings have never moved up in the lottery and, in the history of the lottery in its current format, have moved down a total of 14 spots, the worst of any franchise. Now would be a good time to reverse that trend.
With the young players they already have, a new coaching staff and front office could spark the team and may even be enough to bring the Kings close to .500. Adding a top pick in the draft wouldn't hurt either and the Kings desperately need a defensive presence like Nerlens Noel.
The Kings blocked the third fewest shots in the NBA (behind the Knicks and a Varejao-less Cavaliers team), had the worst opponents fg% in the league, and gave up a league-high 105 points per game.
- If the Cleveland Cavaliers win their third draft lottery in 11 years, the conspiracy theorists are going to have a field day. The first two worked out pretty well for them (LeBron James and Kyrie Irving) but this year, Cavs fans just want to avoid dropping down at all. The top pick would be great, but what they really need is a top 3-5 pick.